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September 23, 2017

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BC’s new old discovery

Archeologists find an ancient settlement that's 14,000 years old

Excavations north of Vancouver Island are making people rethink the way North America was first peopled, that is, across a land bridge that connected modern-day Siberia to Alaska. Archeologists have discovered an ancient settlement on Triquet Island that is three times as old as the Great Pyramid of Giza. It suggests that humans entered North America along the coast. An old hearth, tools for lighting fires, fishhooks and early spears have been unearthed. Tiny charcoal flakes from a fire pit were painstakingly recovered and sent for carbon dating, which revealed the remnants are more than 14,000 years old. The findings support the oral history of the Heiltsuk Nation who has long maintained that its people inhabited the area for generations. According to the Heiltsuk, the island was one of the few ice-free places during the last ice age when glaciers covered much of North America.

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